Single: Victor Oladipo – “Unfollow” ft. Eric Bellinger
The Indiana Pacers Guard Recruits Singer-Songwriter Eric Bellinger for a Social Media Slow Jam
With singing voice as silky smooth as his jumpshot, NBA star Victor Oladipo is turning heads with his second career as an R&B singer. Emoting over a guitar-inflected slow jam, the Pacers star starting shooting guard regales us with a cautionary tale for the social media age in “Unfollow,” his latest single, premiered by Ebro Darden on Beats 1 Radio. Joined by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Eric Bellinger, Victor recounts a toxic relationship, filled with infidelity, mistrust, and inappropriate DMs. Eventually, the relationship grows so unhealthy that Victor is forced to cross a line he cannot uncross: he unfollows his ex on social media. Releasing on October 6th, Victor’s upcoming debut EP Songs For You is a skillful hybrid of classic soul and modern R&B. With seven quality tracks, including the uplifting, 2 Chainz-featuring “Rope A Dope“ and the Donny Hathaway re-interpetation “Song For You,” Songs For You proves that Victor is no mere dilettante in the world of R&B, but a true talent and a lover of music.
Born and raised just outside of Washington, DC in Maryland to immigrant parents, Victor Oladipo would sing in church at 7 or 8 years of age at the request of his mother. A blossoming basketball player, Oladipo’s love of singing was overshadowed by his visibly growing talent. After leading DeMatha High School to a Washington Catholic League Conference victory in his senior year, Oladipo attended Indiana University, where he had yet another fruitful career, eventually becoming Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Finally, Oladipo decided to forego his senior season at Indiana and was second overall by the Orlando Magic in the 2013 NBA Draft. Following the circulation of this TMZ video of Oladipo performing R. Kelly‘s “I Believe I Can Fly,” the basketball star is making moves to catch the attention of fans everywhere with more than just his stellar skills in the paint.
Listen to “Unfollow” ft. Eric Bellinger: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/unfollow-feat-eric-bellinger-single/id1291504225 || https://soundcloud.com/victoroladipo/unfollow-ft-eric-bellinger
Check out the Beats 1 Premiere: https://itunes.apple.com/us/post/idsa.51071300-a952-11e7-b486-8081efe68aa2
Preorder Songs For You: https://empire.lnk.to/SongsforYou
Victor Oladipo (born May 4, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Born and raised in Maryland right outside of Washington D.C.; he was drafted as the second overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft by the Orlando Magic and went on to be named to the NBA All-Rookie first team. Victor Oladipo’s first four seasons in the NBA have been impressive; Career averages of 15.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4 assists per game suggest it’s only a matter of time before he’s an All-Star. Winning the 2016-2017 Dunk of the Year Award for posterizing Dwight Howard proves that watching him play makes all that potential feel even more real—his game has all the makings of a versatile threat for years to come.
On another note, when Oladipo is not on the court you are likely to catch him practicing his other passion of singing. From admitting that his mom had him singing in church at 7 or 8 years of age to singing being a past hidden talent that has come to the light, Oladipo shows no signs of slowing down. Having sang Usher’s “U Got It Bad” at his alma- mater during Hoosier Hysteria and “New York, New York” at the 2015 NBA All-Star Dunk contest, Oladipo is no stranger to the main stage.
TMZ reports, “Whether he’s got a basketball or a microphone in his hand, Victor Oladipo is prettydamn impressive. TMZ Sports has video of the Indiana Pacers star busting out R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” at a Florida water park earlier this summer and we gotta say … dude’s got some golden pipes. Here’s the thing … this wasn’t just a random performance … we talked with Oladipo about it, and he told us his rendition was part of a real deal talent show … AND HE TOOK FIRST PLACE!!”
Oladipo says, “It could be something feathery!” after mentioning in an interview that the majority of professional athletes that have pursued music have been rappers in the past, could he be one the first to break into the R&B genre and garner success? Oladipo has been in the studio with Trey Songz, Chris Brown, Eric Bellinger, and seen with artist Lil’ Wayne and more. Only the future will tell what will come out of such encounters, lets stay tuned!
Songs For You EP: https://empire.lnk.to/SongsforYou
Bio, press photos, music and more at www.audibletreats.com/victoroladipo